Gravity Tour

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Gravity Tour
Wl gtposter.jpg
Promotional poster for tour
Tour by Westlife
Associated album Gravity
Start date 7 March 2011 (2011-03-07)
End date 10 October 2011 (2011-10-10)
Legs 5
Shows 33 in Europe
12 in Asia
2 in Africa
46 Total
Westlife concert chronology
Where We Are Tour
(2010)
Gravity Tour
(2011)
Greatest Hits Tour
(2012)

Not to be confused with the concert tour of the same name by Sara Bareilles

The Gravity Tour is the eleventh concert tour by Irish boy band, Westlife. The tour will support their eleventh studio album, Gravity. The tour visits Europe, Asia and Africa.[1] The tour was seen by 430,000 fans.

Background[edit]

The tour was announced a mere two weeks after the group completed their Where We Are Tour. The tour is directed by William Baker, who is known for his work with Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis and Björk, will serve as creative director.[2] With a new touring band and musical director, the group stated this tour will be "bigger and better" then their previous feats.[3] The group hinted the tour having a space theme (to tie in with the title) and possibly feature a medley of hits by Barbadian recording artist, Rihanna.[4] The tour became of major success in its infancy, with many ticket vendors’ website crashing moments after tickets went on sale. Originally, tour dates were announced only for the United Kingdom,[2] but dates have since been added for Ireland, the Arabian Peninsula, and festival shows in Europe. Prominent car dealer Volkswagen supported this tour. Tour manager, Steve Martin explained, "With such a demanding tour schedule for the band over the next few weeks, we really wanted something that offered comfort but that was understated and reliable. The Phaeton and Caravelle blend all of this together to fit the bill perfectly and are the ideal support act for the tour".[5]

During the concert at the Echo Arena Liverpool in Liverpool, England, the show was briefly paused as a set malfunction left the group hanging from the arena's ceiling by a swaying bar. A team of security guards helped lower the group, resuming the concert.[6]

Opening acts[edit]

Setlist[edit]

Official tour logo
  1. "No One’s Gonna Sleep Tonight"
  2. "When You're Looking Like That"
  3. "World of Our Own"
  4. "What Makes a Man"
  5. "Safe"
  6. "Home"
  7. "Beautiful Tonight"
  8. "Medley"
    1. "Viva la Vida"
    2. "Only Girl (In the World)"
    3. "The Time (Dirty Bit)"
    4. "Bad Romance"
    5. "I Predict a Riot"
  9. "Seasons in the Sun"
  10. "You Raise Me Up"
  11. "I’m Already There"
  12. "I Will Reach You"
  13. "Flying Without Wings"
Encore
  1. "What About Now"
  2. "Uptown Girl"

Source:[8]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe[2][9]
7 March 2011 Cardiff Wales Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
8 March 2011
9 March 2011
11 March 2011 London England The O2
12 March 2011
14 March 2011 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
15 March 2011
16 March 2011 Nottingham Capital FM Arena Nottingham
18 March 2011 Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool
19 March 2011 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
20 March 2011
22 March 2011 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena
23 March 2011
25 March 2011 Birmingham LG Arena
27 March 2011 London Wembley Arena
28 March 2011 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
29 March 2011
31 March 2011 Birmingham LG Arena
2 April 2011 Dublin Ireland The O2
3 April 2011
5 April 2011 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
6 April 2011
8 April 2011 Dublin Ireland The O2
9 April 2011
10 April 2011
Asia[10][11][12]
13 April 2011 Muscat Oman InterContinental Gardens
14 April 2011 Dubai United Arab Emirates Jebel Ali Center of Excellence
Europe[10][13]
10 June 2011[A] London England Base Court at Hampton Court Palace
9 July 2011[B] Cork Ireland The Docklands
15 July 2011[C] Brandon England Thetford Forest
16 July 2011[C] Tetbury Westonbirt Arboretum
17 July 2011 Hampshire Broadlands Park
23 July 2011 Hamilton Scotland Hamilton Park Racecourse
30 July 2011 Doncaster England Keepmoat Stadium
10 September 2011[D] London Hyde Park
Africa[14][15]
16 September 2011[E] Windhoek Namibia Wanderers Sports Grounds
17 September 2011 Centurion South Africa SuperSport Park
Asia[16][17]
21 September 2011 Shanghai China Shanghai Indoor Stadium
23 September 2011 Guangzhou Guangzhou International Sports Arena
25 September 2011 Beijing MasterCard Center
27 September 2011 Chek Lap Kok Hong Kong AsiaWorld-Expo
29 September 2011 Quezon City Philippines Smart Araneta Coliseum
1 October 2011 Hanoi Vietnam My Dinh National Stadium
3 October 2011 Kallang Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
5 October 2011 Jakarta Indonesia Tennis Indoor Senayan
7 October 2011 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Putra Indoor Stadium
9 October 2011 Seoul South Korea Hwajung Gymnasium
10 October 2011 Taipei Taiwan NTU Sports Center
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert is a part of the Hampton Court Palace Festival[18]
B This concert is a part of Live at the Marquee[19]
C These concerts are a part of Forestry Commission—Live Music[20]
D This concert is a part of the "BBC Proms In The Park"[21]
E This concert is a part of the "FNB Festival"[22]
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
19 June 2011 Douglas, Isle of Man Nobles Park Cancelled.[23] This concert was a part of the Manx Telecom Bay Festival.[24]

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
The O2 Arena[A] London 21,128 / 25,000 (84%) $1,420,080[25]
Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester 14,255 / 16,069 (89%) $938,521[26]
The O2[B] Dublin 41,124 / 41,124 (100%) $3,359,670[27]
A This concert ranked seventh in Billboard's "Hot Tours" for March 2011.[28]
B This concert ranked as fifth in the Billboard's "Hot Tours" for June 2011.[29]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ Graig, Augetto (18 May 2011). "Windhoek Hart beats to Music". Namibian Sun. 7. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Westlife Coming To SA". Music Industry Online (MIO). 13 June 2011. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
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  17. ^ Additional sources for dates in Asia:
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  19. ^ Meagher, Kev (7 March 2011). "Live at the Marquee: Bob Dylan and Paul Simon and more join lineup". Goldenplec: Irish Music Magazine. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  20. ^ Stickler, Jon (14 March 2011). "Westlife Forest Dates Announced & Tickets". Stereoboard. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  21. ^ "Westlife to headline Proms In The Park 2011" (Press release). BBC. 13 June 2011. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  22. ^ "Irish band Westlife for FNB Festival". Windhoek Observer. 14 July 2011. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
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  27. ^ "Billboard Boxscore: Current Scores". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 25 June 2011. Archived from the original on 15 June 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  28. ^ Allen, Bob (17 March 2011). "Hot Tours: Lady Gaga, Usher, Heart". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on 6 August 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  29. ^ Allen, Bob (17 June 2011). "Hot Tours: Roger Waters, Iron Maiden, Kings of Leon". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on 6 August 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011.